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The Amaravati Album

Drum Slabs

The Mackenzie Amaravati Album contains 24 drawings of stone slabs that originally clad the base of the stupa. These drum slabs are consistently carved with images of stupas surrounded by devotees, animals and celestial beings. No one drum slab is the same as another, but they can be distinguished by common motifs located at the central panel of each piece. Some of the motifs found at the centre of these stupa slabs are nagas, seated Buddhas and standing Buddhas. Others show at their centre miscellaneous subjects such as trees being worshiped and scenes from Jataka stories.

 
 
 
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Maps and plans
Drum Slabs
Nagas
Seated buddhas
Standing buddhas
Miscellaneous subjects
Rectangular slabs
Medallions
Rectangular slabs decorated with medallions
Friezes
Pillars and columns
Fragments
Inscriptional stones
Further reading

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